Anthony Hamilton almost makes you forget the National Anthem is the National Anthem.
Anthony Hamilton graced the court of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game to perform a smooth and stirring rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” Sunday night (Feb. 18) at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Spectrum Center.
The singer and North Carolina native turned the National Anthem into a soulful ballad, singing to the backdrop of two acoustic guitars. Many compared his version to Marvin Gaye‘s famous 1983 All-Star Game rendition.
Other performers of the night included Meek Mill, who ran through a medley of “Intro,” Going Bad” and “Dreams and Nightmares,” as well as J. Cole, who shouted out 21 Savage during his set.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2019
Watch the performance above and check out some Twitter reactions below.
Anthony Hamilton's voice makes me wanna march for my civil rights
— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) February 18, 2019
Anthony Hamilton just knocked that National Anthem out the park. Might be the most relaxing rendition yet#NBAAllStar
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) February 18, 2019
Anthony Hamilton’s rendition of the anthem was almost as good as Marvin Gaye’s…ALMOST…He was great
— Mychal Thompson (@champagnennuts) February 18, 2019
Might have to put Anthony Hamilton in my top 3 anthems ever with Marvin Gaye at the ASG and Whitney at the Super Bowl. Really like that rendition.
— DVS (@DVSWhatItTweets) February 18, 2019
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